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Best trails in Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Curecanti National Recreation Area ranging from 1.3 to 14 miles and from 7,375 to 7,867 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Curecanti National Recreation Area, in Colorado, is formed by three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River. The national recreation area borders Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the west. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound. Recently discovered dinosaur fossils, a 6,700-acre (20 km) archeological district, a narrow gauge train, and traces of 6000 year old dwellings further enhance the offerings of Curecanti.

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Map of trails in Curecanti National Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
41972 acres
Contact
(970) 641-2337
Top trails (7)
#1 - Curecanti Creek Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
After descending from the high rim of the Upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the trail follows Curecanti Creek as it falls toward Morrow Point Reservoir. The Curecanti Needle, a 700 ft. granite spireShow more
#2 - Mesa Creek Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
The sheer walls and extreme narrowness of the Black Canyon are appreciated along this trail as well as views from the base of the Morrow Point Dam. A footbridge over Crystal Reservoir provides access Show more
#3 - Dillon Pinnacles Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Dillon Pinnacles Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gunnison, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#4 - Hermits Rest Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
Zigzagging through oak, pine, juniper, and fir, hikers descend to wooded camp and picnic sites on the shores of Morrow Point Reservoir. Campsites with picnic tables, fire grates, and toilets are proviShow more
#5 - Pine Creek Trail (Curecanti)
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Follow the beautiful Pine Creek as it cascades into the depths of the upper Black Canyon to Morrow Point Reservoir. Then take a walk along the old narrow gauge railroad bed along the reservoir. Learn Show more
#6 - Morrow Point Boat Tour
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 14 mi
Morrow Point Boat Tour is a 14 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gunnison, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for natShow more
#7 - Neversink Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
The Neversink trail is located nearest to Gunnison on the north bank of the Gunnison River near a Great Blue Heron rookery. This streamside habitat with its heavy undergrowth of grasses, flowers, cottShow more